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Coronavirus, climate and trade on the agenda for the US-EU summit

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, as well as working together on trade and foreign affairs, will be discussed on Tuesday, while US President Joe Biden and the leaders of the European Union will hold a summit in Brussels.

In statements issued before the talks, the two parties said they would reiterate their support for the COVAX facility to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and to work together on ways of a global recovery of the promote economic consequences of the pandemic. They also planned to discuss efforts to reform the World Health Organization.

After both were a major topic at G-7 and NATO meetings this week, Russia and China will be back on the agenda on Tuesday.

Both the White House and the European Union have said the leaders will also pledge to support democracy and fight corruption, and to uphold human rights around the world. They also promise to work together on cybersecurity and migration issues.

The EU side is represented by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

On climate change, the United States and the EU have said they will reaffirm their commitment to uphold the 2015 Paris climate agreement and become climate-neutral economies by 2050. They also said they intend to encourage other “major players” to take ambitious climate action. The Paris Climate Agreement, adopted by nearly 200 countries when it was initially signed, is to delay global warming.

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